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Changing Mindsets, Transforming Lives

“It can’t be done.”

“We can’t do anything .”

“That’s the way it is, the way it should be”.

I hear them often. I hear them every time there are changes that need to be done especially those that require a shift from traditional practices and leadership structures to a genuinely democratic and participatory governance. I hear them from community folks who have been accustomed to government neglect and have embraced poverty as a way of life where there is no way out but to live with it from one generation to another.

Unfortunately, I hear them from educated and influential people who are in the position to introduce social and political reforms yet deny the possibility of change because they enjoy the perks and are addicted to the trappings of power.

These “can’t do” attitudes and negative mindsets are the barriers to creating change in my community. These challenges aren’t new and have found out that the best way to overcome them is through awareness and consciousness raising.

The gender sensitivity trainings that we have conducted for hundreds of women and men from local government units and village councils enabled the participants analyze their situation and reflect on the roles and potentials of people of different ethnicity, sexual orientations, age and abilities. Skills building of grassroots leaders on democratic participation allowed them to assert their rights to participate and pursue their development agenda. Organizing community based groups to address violence against women and their children emboldened the marginalized sectors to find and implement solutions to domestic violence.

Sharing our personal stories among my “roscas” sisters, dreaming and working with them make our journey to economic and personal empowerment less difficult.

My skills are limited. The challenges are daunting. However, at Pulsewire, there’s a wealth of resources generated by women and for women empowerment waiting to be accessed and referred to groups who need them. I hope I can offer my services by becoming a Listener in the future. I love listening to the voices of women from different parts of the world. I identify with many, feels sad for some and firmly believes that our resounding voices can rock the world and open the halls of power to women. I also wish to connect with my Pulsewire sisters from the Philippines and who knows what a bunch of “pulsewired” women can do.

Comments

Stella Paul's picture

Drop by drop

Its the drops that fill the mighty ocean. And its many women like us who can become an army of change makers when together. With our collective ideas and strength, we indeed will bring changes. And it will include the changes you foresee. After all, you too are a mighty drop! Love!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Thank you my fellow mighty

Thank you my fellow mighty drop. We will create ripples in the puddle, pond, lake and with all of us similarly wired women. we can create waves in the ocean.

Thanks for reading my post.

Jency's picture

Aye aye

You do have a nice way of putting it. Our skills may be limited in the sense, that we may not all the skills. But we do have some skills that we can use effectively. And for the other skills, hands possessing those skills are sure to come by offering help (as often I have found)

Jency

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Thank you Jency for reading

Thank you Jency for reading my post. That's the beauty of networking. Am happy that we are able to connect with each other through Wprld Pulse. I hope we can share and exchange stories and expertise in the future.

Paulina

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Thank you Jency for reading

Thank you Jency for reading my post. That's the beauty of networking. Am happy that we are able to connect with each other through Wprld Pulse. I hope we can share and exchange stories and expertise in the future.

Paulina

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Thank you Jency for reading

Thank you Jency for reading my post. That's the beauty of networking. Am happy that we are able to connect with each other through Wprld Pulse. I hope we can share and exchange stories and expertise in the future.

Paulina

Staci38's picture

You say your skills are

You say your skills are limited, yet your help with the gender sensitivity training among others are the keys to making positive change! But I do agree, sharing your stories with other women will only further your impact!

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Thanks for reading my post

Thanks for reading my post Staci. All of us can do something to create positive change. Let's trust our innate feminine wisdom.

Have a great life!

Paulina

amymorros's picture

Yes, You Can!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is true- we all convince ourselves that it can't be done and that nothing will ever change. I think that you do have the skills needed to make positive changes in your community and joining World Pulse is an essential step.
By the way, I went to your country several years ago and loved the beautiful rice terraces.

Amy
@amyinstl

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Hi Amy. Did you also work in

Hi Amy. Did you also work in the Philippines as Peace Corps volunteer? Do come back. Yes, the rice terraces is a beautiful heritage site. There are more natural spots waiting to be explored. Come over. Just do it!

Paulina

amymorros's picture

Peace Corps Connection

I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa but I have a friend who was a Peace Corps volunteer in your country in the seventies. She started, with another friend, a socially responsible business that is importing select varieties of heirloom rice from the mountain terraces of the Philippines.
http://www.heirloomrice.com

Amy
@amyinstl

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Good to know that. The

Good to know that. The endeavor is impressive. That will boost protection and production of traditional varieties in the Northern Philippines.

I also intend to bring our heritage food to a bigger market to provide secure livelihood to women in our town and encourage the young generations to get involved. Am starting with Roscas http://www.worldpulse.com/node/30285 and finding my way around.

laurabstull's picture

Paulina, You've clearly

Paulina,

You've clearly outlined an enormous challenge that we all face in inciting change and promoting the rights of women. Pushing back against the willful ignorance of others is frustrating and exhausting, but by continuing to raise awareness and encouraging open minds, I believe we can achieve our goals!

Your piece is inspiring and empowering, I look forward to hearing more from you!

Laura

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Truly,Laura. A sustained

Truly,Laura. A sustained consciousness raising will pave the way to enlighten minds and purpose action. Lots of work and let's take it one day at a time.

Love to hear from you.

Paulina

laurabstull's picture

Paulina, You've clearly

Paulina,

You've clearly outlined an enormous challenge that we all face in inciting change and promoting the rights of women. Pushing back against the willful ignorance of others is frustrating and exhausting, but by continuing to raise awareness and encouraging open minds, I believe we can achieve our goals!

Your piece is inspiring and empowering, I look forward to hearing more from you!

Laura

busayo's picture

Nice way of saying it!

Hello Paulina,
You have a nice way of saying it, we can do it and that is when each of us are ready to contribute our voices, the voices together will be so loud that the whole world will not have any chice than to listen and the change will come. Your writing is so inspiring, keep it up!

Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com

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